The recently-passed FAA Reauthorization Bill would extend the designation for the New York UAS Test Site at Griffiss International Airport in Rome until 2023.

The designations for the seven unmanned aircraft systems test sites around the country were set to expire in 2019 without congressional action

Senator Charles Schumer says the extension of the Test Site at Griffiss will keep Central New York and the Mohawk Valley at the forefront of the global UAS industry.

“With this critical test site extension at Griffiss, we have delivered to NUAIR and Oneida County another critical win to keep it at the cutting edge of this new technology. In just a few years, the New York Test Site has brought droves of clients to Griffiss, from global corporations and premier academic institutions to partners in government like the FBI, NASA, and FAA. All of which are choosing New York to test technologies that will safely and efficiently integrate UAS into the national airspace,” said Schumer. “The unparalleled work being done in Central New York and Mohawk Valley is exactly what we envisioned when we sought and secured the FAA Test Site in Rome in 2014 and this extension will ensure that continues for years to come.”

Schumer says since the New York Test Site's inception in 2014, it has worked with over 200 partners to advance UAS research.